Hey Galactic Guardians, Marc here. I too read the new Rocket Raccoon #1 this week, and wanted to share my thoughts about it. Later this summer, we’re going to be blessed with an awesome-looking Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Marvel started pushing the Guardians in a big bad way by having their number one writer/architect, Brian Michael Bendis, writing it. They’ve also had the Guardians get involved with some big-deal events in the Marvel U, including the Trial of the Phoenix and the former Spawn supporting character Angela join the team. Rocket Raccoon #1 is another example of this Guardian-pushing.
I don’t know a lot about Rocket Raccoon. Before I read this issue, I knew he was a gun-toting raccoon-like alien that was part of the Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s pretty much it. From this #1 issue, I feel that I have a handle on his character. He’s kind of an ego-maniac, telling his date how into him she is, when it’s pretty apparent she’s not. He also shoves her out of view of the kiss-cam so he can have solo-billing, and then further promotes himself to other ladies out in the galaxy. This is one thing I liked a lot about this comic- writer and artist Skottie Young gave Rocket a very distinct personality. I appreciate that in superhero comics. Too often characters’ only personality triats are “villain”, “hero”, “anti-hero”… Rocket is obviously a very flawed character, but this one issue showed you in what ways he’s flawed, and in what ways he’s awesome.
Rocket Raccoon is awesome because he’s a space-faring, gun-toting, smack-talking raccoon who helps save the universe. That is why comics are great. You can have a character like this and no one thinks it’s weird or too much. I really feel I don’t need to go on too much as to why Rocket Raccoon is great. It’s in the name, for Groot’s Sake!
Anyway, this comic is a ton of fun. I love Skottie Young’s vibrant, movement-filled artwork. It’s really nice to see a less realistic art style in a mainstream superhero comic. I always appreciate that, and think we need more of it. I’m a big fan of “fun” comics, and this is definitely one of those. I would recommend this book for middle school kids especially. I think the irreverent-ness and general bad-assery of it is right up a 7-grader’s alley. So if you love fun comics set in a crazy environment, go check out Rocket Raccoon #1 from Marvel comics. Or Rocket may come looking for you…